What is gown?

  • (noun): Protective garment worn by surgeons during operations.
    Synonyms: surgical gown, scrubs
    See also — Additional definitions below

Gown

A gown, from medieval Latin gunna, is a usually loose outer garment from knee- to full-length worn by men and women in Europe from the early Middle Ages to the 17th century, and continuing today in certain professions; later, gown was applied to any full-length woman's garment consisting of a bodice and attached skirt. A long, loosely-fitted gown called a Banyan was worn by men in the 18th century as an informal coat.

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Sack-back Gown - Galleries - 18th Century
... Early example of a sack-back gown La Déclaration d'amour, 1731, by Jean François de Troy ... Front and back views of women in sack-back gowns Robe à la française, Netherlands, silk satin brocaded with silk and metallic threads, 1740-60 ... hat and a brocaded silk sack-back gown Anastasia Ivanovna, Countess of Hesse-Homburg, Princess Trubetskaya (1700–1755), painted by Alexander Roslin, wearing a pink silk sack-back gown and ...
Academic Dress Of The University Of Leeds - Academic Dress of The University
... Academic Undress A black gown ... Certificates and Foundation Degree) black Bachelor's gown with appropriate hood ... Bachelors black Bachelor's gown with appropriate hood ...
Star Fairies
... Moonlight Lilac Ball Gown Pink Clouds Night Gown Golden Glow Evening Gown. ...
Formal Gown
... In women's fashion, gown was used in English for any one-piece garment, but more often through the 18th century for an overgarment worn with a petticoat – called in French a robe ... Compare this to the short gowns or bedgowns of the later 18th century ... and the most often English word for a woman's skirted garment was "gown" ...
Sack-back Gown
... The sack-back gown or robe à la française was a women's fashion of the 18th century ... At the beginning of the century, the sack-back gown was a very informal style of dress ... By the 1770s the sack-back gown was second only to court dress in its formality ...

More definitions of "gown":

  • (noun): Outerwear consisting of a long flowing garment used for official or ceremonial occasions.
    Synonyms: robe
  • (noun): Long, usually formal, woman's dress.
  • (verb): Dress in a gown.

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    Mr. Doctor, that loose gown becomes you so well I wonder your notions should be so narrow.
    Elizabeth I (1533–1603)

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    These pleasures Melancholy give,
    And I with thee will choose to live.
    John Milton (1608–1674)

    We are the creatures of imagination, passion, and self- will, more than of reason or even of self-interest.... Even in the common transactions and daily intercourse of life, we are governed by whim, caprice, prejudice, or accident. The falling of a teacup puts us out of temper for the day; and a quarrel that commenced about the pattern of a gown may end only with our lives.
    William Hazlitt (1778–1830)